Oh thank you, Alex Jones

Oh thank you, Alex Jones

Sunday, February 19, Alexander Jones of San Antonio, TX was killed in a head-on car crash.

Alex was the 2016-2017 Combined Band Sergeant Major, and just last week was chosen to be the 2017-2018 Combined Band Commander. He was also a member of Ross Volunteer’s, an elite Corps organization. Alex was an Air Force contract, one of the top five ROTC Air Force cadets in the nation, and would go on to be a pilot after graduation, a position that is very difficult to earn.

Anyone that knew Alex knew that he was an exceptional cadet, but he was so much more than that. Alex was a trusted friend, mentor, and brother. The Commandant of the Corps of Cadets said the following sentiments about this amazing young man:

All who knew Alex remember him as a sociable, confident young man who had a resilient work ethic and a good sense of humor. He was a very well-liked young man, and his loss will affect all of us for a long time to come.

I want to offer my condolences to Alex Jones’ family, friends and fellow cadets on his loss. We all stand together as Aggies today as we mourn the loss of one of our own. Alex Jones will be missed by all of us.

As an Aggie, I hope the Jones family will take solace in knowing that Alex will never be forgotten, and that the unique Aggie spirit of camaraderie that is such an integral part of Texas A&M and the Corps of Cadets will hold fast to support them in this very difficult time.

I only met Alex a few times, but my boyfriend Forrest knew him well. Since we found out on Monday, I have heard story after selfless story of things that Alex said and did for Forrest that will touch him forever. I’m so grateful for the impact that you had on him, Alex, and more grateful that Forrest has such sweet memories to hold on to.


Source: The Eagle, Photo: Corps of Cadets

Oh it’s Presidents’ Day!

Oh it’s Presidents’ Day!

Happy Presidents’ Day friends! For those who got a day off of work or school today, you are one lucky duck. I’m in Evans Library today, trying to stay warm and out of the rain.

As it is a national holiday, I thought today’s post would be an educational one about the origins of Presidents’ Day. History Channel gave this background:

Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.

Now because I’m a diehard Aggie, I don’t just want to show you the nation’s history, but a little Ag history too. In honor of the day, Texas A&M Today shared a list of every president who has visited our fine university:

  • 1937 – Franklin D. Roosevelt – reviewed the Corps of Cadets
  • 1946 – Dwight D. Eisenhower – delivered that year’s Muster address
  • 1962 – Lyndon B. Johnson – visited the Activation Analysis Research Laboratory
  • 1974 – Gerald R. Ford – delivered the commencement speech to the class of ’74
  • 1984 – George H.W. Bush – delivered the commencement speech to the class of ’84
  • 1997 – Jimmy Carter & Bill Clinton – gave speeches for the opening of Bush Library
  • 2008 – George W. Bush – delivered the commencement speech in December ’08
  • 2009 – Barack Obama – spoke at the Points of Light Forum at Bush Library

I hope you enjoyed taking a little break from politics, enjoy the last day of your three-day weekend!

Photo: Texas A&M Today

Oh Trump is making SNL’s ratings skyrocket, you say?

Oh Trump is making SNL’s ratings skyrocket, you say?

Did you see Saturday Night Live last night? Surprisingly, it wasn’t live. Rather, it was a re-run of Dave Chapelle’s episode. According to The Interior Bang, “at the time this episode ran, it was the highest rated episode of the season, and one of the best episodes in recent years.”

SNL decided they would “[take] the week off after last week’s epic ratings smash hosted by Alec Baldwin (who broke his own record with his 17th time at bat for SNL).” Alec Baldwin has his place at SNL sealed now that Trump is President. His impressions of Trump are spot on and are sure to keep the audience laughing.

For as much as SNL loves to write jokes at Trump’s expense, they have him to thank for their record ratings since the November election. Vulture reports that “SNL this season is drawing around 10.6 million viewers each week, its biggest tune-in at this point in a season since 1995.” Trump, even when he makes foolish tweets, or appears in numerous Grammy moments, can still generate hefty revenue for Saturday Night Live and Make America Laugh Again (TM by Kate Hauser, 2017).

Photo: Variety

Uh Oh, Trump is tweeting again…

Uh Oh, Trump is tweeting again…

President Trump’s Twitter seems like nothing but a brain dump. Lately, he has been tweeting along with the shows that he watches in the morning, chiming in with his opinions and commentary, most times with little to no context. Fortune.com posted the 5 times that they have observed him tweeting “about policy ideas and thoughts that seem directly related to news that was being shown on channels such as Fox News.”

Trump was recently under fire for tweeting the following about Mark Cuban:

Mark Cuban replied with an easy-breezy “LOL.”

Trump is often given heat for the things he tweets, and I think it’s unprofessional. As a President, as a leader of this blossoming nation, he should be firm, steadfast, strong. Not tweeting whatever pops into his mind. What do you think?

Photo: AnonHQ

Oh Trump was at the Grammy’s!

Oh Trump was at the Grammy’s!

This past weekend, James Corden hosted the 59th annual Grammy’s. Beyoncé left everyone in awe after she performed while pregnant with twins, but Adele still beat her out for Album of the Year. James tried to overshadow Ellen’s most retweeted picture ever with his own celeb-studded Carpool Karaoke. Can you guess who else was ever present at the Grammy’s? President Donald J. Trump.

While Trump was not physically in attendance, he was on everyone’s mind. Time Magazine listed the Grammys’ top political moments with big-name celebrities, including Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, A Tribe Called Quest, and Busta Rhymes who referred to the president as “President Agent Orange”.

This week, I want to highlight Trump in the media. In a time where everyone is talking about his policies and political decisions, I want to focus on the more light-hearted topic of how he’s portrayed in the media. We’ll see how Trump has made his Twitter quite the talking point, and we’ll look at how Saturday Night Live has used Trump’s polarizing persona to skyrocket their ratings.

(Cue Chris Harrison): It’s all coming up, this week on….Oh Kate!

Photo: Billboard

Oh Budweiser is telling their own immigration story!

Oh Budweiser is telling their own immigration story!

It’s time for the last Super Bowl commercial of the week, the Budweiser commercial. Before it’s official air time this past Sunday, it was already a highly talked about piece, with people all over social media arguing that this commercial is “anti-immigration or anti-Trump.”

The commercial features a man coming to America from his home country, all on a quest to brew beer. Is this actually controversial? Let’s consider the setting…

– It’s a man immigrating to America from a foreign country

– This commercial aired awfully soon after the also-controversial Immigration Ban

– The audience is pre-programmed to feel tense about anything related to immigration

Budweiser has since said “the ad was in the works since May and the timing has nothing to do with President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders” according to Fox News.

So if Budweiser wasn’t trying to make a point about Immigration, what was the intent behind the commercial? They used their 60-second spot to tell the story of Adolphus Busch, and his journey to America to craft Budweiser beer. Washington Post reports:

“We created the Budweiser commercial to highlight the ambition of our founder, Adolphus Busch, and his unrelenting pursuit of the American dream. This is a story about our heritage and the uncompromising commitment that goes into brewing our beer. It’s an idea we’ve been developing along with our creative agency for nearly a year.”

Marcel Marcondes, vice president of marketing at Anheuser-Busch.

I believe that Marcondes is right, Budweiser was taking their Super Bowl time to tell their own story, and not make some anti-Trump claim. Not everything has to be about Trump.

Photo: Today

Oh Audi is talking about Equal Pay!

Oh Audi is talking about Equal Pay!

This week is all about Super Bowl commercials, and next in line is Audi. This past Sunday, Audi rolled out a beautifully made, 61 second long video that took a stand on Equal Pay.

“What do I tell my daughter?” the father says. “Do I tell her that her grandpa’s worth more than her grandma? That her dad is worth more than her mom? Do I tell her that despite her education, her drive, her skills, her intelligence, she will automatically be valued as less than every man she ever meets? Or maybe I’ll be able to tell her something different.”

The commercial received mixed reviews, some praising the commercial for supporting equal pay, like this tweet from Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, and others saying that the ad is “unfair to men” and “stop trying to capitalize on political ignorance.”

This commercial aired at a very opportune time. A recent POLITICO article revealed that Senator Deb Fischer is working on two women’s rights related bills, addressing concerns like equal pay and paid maternity leave. The article quotes Fischer saying, “Everyone believes in equal pay for equal work. Everyone believes in that. That is current law. We want to see the current law upheld.”

Photo: Marketing Land